All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.
It slips through the fingers. Its light, constantly shifting from one area to another as the wind beckons and the sun radiates. Beneath the sand however, is something entirely different. It isn't light, it isn't insubstantial, it isn't ever-present; it is something heavy, dark, and musty.
Like the tombs ridden with spiders, like the cities hidden with suspicious characters, like the islands overflowing with Nazis; Raiders of the Lost Ark thrives on secrets. The core of every Indiana Jones adventure is kept alive by history, and its reputation to cover up. Civilizations are lost, artifacts are misplaced, rumors and bedtime stories are spread; and as a result, history is perfect for providing the groundwork for an adventure film.…
I was recently posed the question; ‘what is the greatest blockbuster of all time?’ It is a question I pondered for barely a second before answering: Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s hard to think of a film filled with more iconic moments. In one movie Spielberg, and to his credit, Lucas, have managed to create more iconic images and lines of dialogue in a single film than most filmmakers achieve in a lifetime: the boulder dash, retrieving the hat, the melting face, sword vs. gun, the snake pit. I could easily go on, practically every sequence in the film has at least one standout moment that has become part of the public’s consciousness.
Yet a film made up of…
Although Steven Spielberg's Jaws gets the distinction of being the very first blockbuster in cinema history, the blueprint of modern blockbuster filmmaking was brought to life by none other than Spielberg's early 1980s action-adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, which didn't just become one of the finest examples of its genre but even today remains one of the most enjoyable & entertaining works of this esteemed director's extensive career.
Set in the year of 1936, Raiders of the Lost Ark concerns an archaeologist & adventurer named Indiana Jones who is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant after learning that the Führer is after the same biblical artifact which, according to him, would make his army an…
Quite possibly the best adventure film of all time.
“It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.”
So I’m continuing to write these short reviews for some of my favorite films which I’ve never had a chance to comment on. It’s about time I give Steven Spielberg some love for one of the earliest films I have the memory of seeing. I don’t know how old I was when I first watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, but if my memory isn’t playing a trick on me I have to say this is the first movie I actually fell in love with (perhaps it has to do with the fact that it was released on my birth year). Raiders, First Blood, The Goonies, Romancing the Stone, Back to the…
It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.
Even before anything actually happens in the film, or even before we've seen Indiana's face, you feel like you're watching something special just by the font of the opening credits. As ridiculous as that sounds I think it's true. As the letters appear superimposed over three characters we haven't met yet traipsing through a unidentified jungle, you can feel it in your gut that you're about to experience something fantastic. It's one of the rare films that made going to the movies a truly special experience.
The film is simply iconic. It's filled with iconic characters, iconic moments and even an iconic musical score. We've all heard the stories about…
I now watch this movie only to look for flaws. Some of Spielberg's superhuman attention to detail ("'neo' means new, 'lithic...l, i, t, h' means stone") slips in the final half-hour. Maybe you can take issue with some of the gags? I dunno.
Also: this movie is basically 7 sequences.
1. The opening when Indy takes the idol.
2. The sequence at his college where he is given his task.
3. We meet Marion and the Nazis
4. The Cairo sequence, which runs for 40 solid minutes when you count the chase sequence at the end.
5. They get on the pirate ship
6. They open the Ark on the desert island.
7. Indy back at the university and the…
Originally posted 2000.
It as true now as it was almost 20 years ago (oh my God): RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is the only perfect action movie ever made. While most action adventure movies are marred by the logical extensions of the traits that make them so appealing, and look at the James Bond series and the later INDIANA JONES series if you don’t believe me, RAIDERS stands out still as the apex in thrill ride filmmaking.
Perfect in pitch, galvanizing in idea, amazing in simple, quick character sketching, it’s easy to see why it took only three films for hero Indiana Jones to take root in the public imagination in a way that took James Bond maybe 10…
A Spielbergian adventure story of tombs and treasures. Raiders of the Lost Ark is an excellent homage to the adventure serials of the 30's (much as star wars was a celebration of sci-fi serials).
What can I say? Every scene is iconic, the action is varied, the characters are likable, prime John Williams doing the score, what's not to like?
The final shot is perhaps the best moment of the film, it leads your mind to trail off to the many treasures left to unearth, and the many secrets that lay just beneath the surface. I could see this film capturing the imaginations of entire generations of children.
Up until about 3 hours ago, I didn't realize that it's been about four years since I've seen this, and it was like I was seeing it for the first time. Everything is just perfect. The acting, the story, the characters, the humor, the romance, everything. In my opinion, Spielberg's masterpiece.
This brilliant homage to the 'Adventure' genre (both film serials and paperbacks) stands the test of time and endures as one of the best examples of popcorn entertainment ever.
The collaboration of director Steven Spielberg and creator/producer George Lucas who had redefined the cinematic landscape in the late 70s, shows an innate understanding of visual film language and is perfectly paced with nary a dull moment in it's almost 2 hour running time.
All the elements work brilliantly here, total classic. Highly recommended.
One of my favorite films, yet this is the first time I've watched it with a more critical eye. I can't say it's perfect based on the oversimplicity of the dialogue, yet its campy thrills and strong supporting actress make this a classic.
A great homage to the serial pulp hero. So much fun.
harrison ford is... so... unbelievably... attractive
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